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Contribution of Rural Transport to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

March 13, 2017
Vientiane, Laos

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The Intergovernmental Tenth Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum Asia will take place from March 14 to 16, 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Forum, “2030 Road Map for Sustainable Transport - Aligning with SDGs,” is organized by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Lao PDR, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, SLoCaT, United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), and United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Vientiane, Lao PDR. It is expected that approximately 500 participants, including senior government representatives from Asia and the Pacific countries, city mayors, international experts and resource persons will be attending the 10th EST Forum.

The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) and the UNCRD will co-organize a pre-event on March 13, 2017, "Contribution of Rural Transport to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development,”. The pre-event will be facilitated by the SLoCaT Partnership. 

The pre-event will focus on the role of sustainable rural transport in achieving the SDGs, with specific attention to the adoption of the Vientiane Declaration on Sustainable Transport towards Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the EST member countries. The event program will closely align with the themes in the draft Declaration, which include (among others) climate adaptive investment and resilience of rural transport infrastructure, gender equality, adequate maintenance of existing infrastructure, rural access, rural-urban connectivity and sustainable freight, planning, prioritization and funding of rural infrastructure and transport safety. 

Objectives of the pre-event include:

  • Exploring the role of rural transport in the realization of the SDGs under the 2030 Agenda;
  • Raising awareness on national and multilateral levels in Asia about the role of rural transport research in achieving key development goals in general and the ReCAP program, its research priorities and (preliminary) results and outcomes in specific;
  • Stimulating cross-region learning between Africa and Asia 

The target audience includes Government officials from the 25 EST member governments, multilateral institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

Please see Zero Draft Vientiane Declaration on Sustainable Rural Transport towards Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Government comments and inputs.

Please see the draft program here.

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